Born in Andorra, the heart of the Pyrenees Mountains, Production Privée has set out to build a very elegant, yet industrial downhill bike, aimed to be highly competitive for racing.
At no expense spared, the R&D process went from drafts to a finished prototype in just 3 months. Production Privée says in-house CNC'ing was the key to this success. Forestal Bikes had some influence based on their Twin Levity system; a single pivot with a linkage-driven shock.
Both the front and rear triangles are two separate halves. Four pieces are cut from a solid block of aluminum, carved out in calculated places to shed weight, and then welded together. The bike looks straight out of a Terminator movie.
We took an in-depth look at the yet unnamed downhill bike
back in February.
The reach is similar to the medium Santa Cruz V10 MX he rode last season. If this bike was made in the USA, it would be dubbed, Production Pabst.
Links on links, but the rear axle still moves in a fixed arc. You can see how much material has been removed from the inside of the frame walls around the seat mast.
Alex has moved up to a 550 lbs spring which only produces 13% sag. He insists that the bike still has great small bump compliance, but he had to increase the fork pressure to 73 PSI to balance things out. The rear shock has the high speed compression fully opened with minimal low speed compression damping. Suntour only produces the Rux fork for 27.5 wheels at the moment. Clearance is tight and mud clogs could be a concern this weekend.
Production Privee's first products to market were this 50mm long stem and 31.8mm handlebar that Alex has cut to 780mm width.
The Sensus Swayze lock-on grips are a must have for Alex. Like many other racers, he is very particular about his controls.
The adjustable dropouts allow for the option of a full 29" or a mixed wheel configuration. The axle is torqued and marked in position for a quick eyeball check.
Formula Cura brakes add to an already unique build. Alex doesn't see the need for anything more than 203mm rotors at either end.
Another rider in the mullet gang. Vee Tire Co. Attack 2.5 tires are normally pumped to 1.4 bar (20 PSI) front / 1.6 bar (23 PSI) rear. Marin feels that inserts add a harsh feeling to the ride and wasn't afraid to admit he rarely gets punctures.
Crank Brother Synthesis wheels have specific front and rear rims with different carbon layups and internal rim widths: 31.5mm front / 29.5mm rear.
When you get to the speeds at this level of racing, you can't let anything distract you. Wheel weights are added for perfect balance.
Straight down the pipe.